Valerie Bertinelli is all about her only son, Wolfgang Van Halen, who is part of his late father Eddie Van Halen‘s band, Van Halen. Although that profession may scare a lot of parents, Valerie knows she has nothing to worry about because she trusts her kid completely.
“Wolfie has made some really, really good choices in his life so I’m not too worried about him,” the Food Network star explained to Meredith Vieira on her talk show in 2014. “And his dad is a really great influence on him. He’s an amazing father so I’m not worried about him at all and I really like the people who he hangs out with.”
Before Wolfgang was a part of Van Halen, he used to rock out with his heavy metal band Tremonti. During that time, Valerie wasn’t too concerned about his whereabouts because he was still around some really great people.
“The guys who he was working with were so cool, so laid back,” the former One Day at a Time star said. “I didn’t see any drugs or alcohol. They all went to get smoothies. Of course, ’cause maybe I was there, but I know he’s made good choices.”
She added, “He’s still friends with these guys from kindergarten [too], so I trust him. I have to.”
Valerie also harbored no bad feelings for ex-husband Eddie, whom she was married to from 1981 to 2007. “They have both forgiven each other and love their son,” a friend previously told Closer Weekly about the former couple. “There are no more bad feelings between them.”
Sadly, Eddie died on October 6 after a long battle with throat cancer. “He was the best father I could ever ask for,” Wolfgang wrote on Twitter. “Every moment I’ve shared with him, on and off stage, was a gift. I love you so much, Pop.” Valerie responded to his heartfelt tribute with a bunch of heartbroken emojis.
Even through all the ups and downs in her life, Wolfgang will always be Valerie’s greatest achievement. “Of all the roles I have taken, none has been more satisfying than motherhood,” she gushed in her book Losing It. “I shunned the spotlight in favor of a normal life, driving carpools, volunteering in my son’s classroom [and] making dinner.”
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